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EU set to modify member accession method to placate France

Wed, 2020-02-05 07:48
The EU is set to propose ways to modify the accession procedures for countries entering the bloc in a bid to placate France, but Brussels cautioned Tuesday (4 February) that any changes won't be major ones.
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BUDAPEST- A new security strategy

Wed, 2020-02-05 07:47
The country’s security cabinet has adopted a  new security strategy, while the country’s military strategy is being drafted, Defence Minister Tibor Benkő told a meeting on Tuesday (4 February), following the evaluation of last year and looking ahead to plans...
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BUDAPEST – Viktor Orbán at the conservative conference in Rome

Wed, 2020-02-05 07:46
After meeting European Council President Charles Michel on Monday (3 February), the Hungarian PM travelled to Rome to participate in a conference of European conservatives entitled “God, Honor, Country: President Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II, and the Freedom of...
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MADRID – The government will ‘listen’ to farmer demands

Wed, 2020-02-05 07:44
Spain’s Agricultural Minister, Luis Planas, announced on Tuesday (4 February), that the left-wing coalition government (socialists of PSOE and far-left Unidas Podemos) plans to reform the current food chain legislation and is open to discuss the practice of selling below...
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HELSINKI – Tax cuts and a fund to fight climate change

Wed, 2020-02-05 07:42
The Finnish five-party government, criticised for not doing enough to combat climate change, has published a “roadmap” to become the world’s first carbon-neutral welfare society by 2035, saying it would “specify the timetable and objectives for the preparation of climate...
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‘This is personal’: Von der Leyen launches consultation on EU’s Cancer Plan

Wed, 2020-02-05 07:41
The President of the European Commission launched an EU-wide public consultation on Europe's Beating Cancer Plan on Tuesday (4 February), announcing an EU-wide "open health data space" in support of research, prevention and cure.
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BRUSSELS – Tobacco advertising

Wed, 2020-02-05 07:41
From January 2021, all forms of tobacco advertising will be banned in Belgium, the Belgian parliament’s Health Committee agreed unanimously, removing the few exceptions that existed under the parliament’s 1999 ban.  Before the ban comes into force, advertising tobacco products...
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In Krakow, Macron urges Poland to respect European values

Wed, 2020-02-05 07:41
French President Emmanuel Macron gave a lecture at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków on the second day of his Poland visit on Tuesday (4 February), where he covered multiple topics ranging from Europe’s common history to identity and climate change....
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BERLIN – German states weigh banning the niqab in schools

Wed, 2020-02-05 07:40
A Monday (3 February) ruling by a Higher Administrative Court in Hamburg has sparked calls for states across Germany to change school laws to ban the wearing of veils that fully cover the face.  The Hamburg education authority brought the...
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VIENNA – Operation Sophia causes turmoil within Austria’s ruling coalition

Wed, 2020-02-05 07:39
After Chancellor Sebastian Kurz rejected EU High Representative Josep Borrell’s idea of reviving Operation Sophia for monitoring the arms embargo against Libya on grounds that having EU-boats rescuing shipwrecked migrants could be interpreted as “a ticket to Europe”, Social Affairs...
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Greece passes new law to better monitor NGOs dealing with migration

Wed, 2020-02-05 07:38
A new law providing a special registry for all non-governmental organisations (NGOs), their employees and partners, was voted on yesterday (4 February).
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Huawei promises ‘Made in Europe’ 5G for EU

Wed, 2020-02-05 07:34
Chinese telecom giant Huawei said on Tuesday (4 February) it would set up manufacturing hubs in Europe, as it tries to fight off US pressure on EU nations to stop it from operating.
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Buttigieg has narrow Iowa lead on Sanders, Biden lags in Democratic race

Wed, 2020-02-05 07:13
Pete Buttigieg held a narrow lead over Bernie Sanders on Tuesday (4 February) in long-delayed results from the chaotic Iowa Democratic Party caucuses, and former Vice President Joe Biden trailed badly in fourth place with about 71% of precincts reporting.
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In State of the Union, Trump hails ‘American comeback’ amid domestic storm

Wed, 2020-02-05 07:06
With the impeachment shadow still over his head, US President Donald Trump on Tuesday (4 February) painted a self-congratulatory rosy image of the US economy. Here are four takeaway from Trump's State of the Union.
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Coronavirus threatens EU-China agreement in 2020

Tue, 2020-02-04 16:49
Concluding an EU-China investment deal this year would be a “real challenge”, even more as the coronavirus will force both sides to cancel negotiation rounds, warned the EU Chamber of Commerce in China.
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Twitter hit by ‘state-sponsored’ inauthentic behaviour

Tue, 2020-02-04 15:53
Social media giant Twitter revealed on Tuesday (4 February) that its platform has been subjected to inauthentic coordinated activity which led to the matching of users' profiles with their phone numbers. The company says that the activity may have been conducted by a state-sponsored actor.
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The Brief – How many Orbans can dance on the head of a pin?

Tue, 2020-02-04 15:44
The European People’s Party (EPP) leadership failed to expel Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party from its ranks on Monday. It's the usual European way of kicking the can down the road. But the real question that needs to be answered now is how many little Orbáns are hiding behind the Hungarian leader and his ideas.
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EU condemns US lifting of landmine ban

Tue, 2020-02-04 15:00
The EU on Tuesday (4 February) strongly condemned the decision by US President Donald Trump to lift US restrictions on the usage of landmines.
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Google hit by Irish data protection probe

Tue, 2020-02-04 14:37
The Irish Data Protection Commission has announced that they have launched a formal investigation of Google due to concerns over the way the company processes user location data.
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MEPs push for raw materials focus in EU’s new industrial strategy

Tue, 2020-02-04 14:12
Foreign competition and access to raw materials top the agenda for steelmakers and other basic industries as they await European Commission plans to accompany the EU Green Deal.
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